5 Tips for Stylish and Sustainable Green Grooms!
Samantha Abrams is back with part II of her green style blog. In this piece, she tackles eco-friendly choices for green grooms!
Many of the same ideas for repurposing/recycling bridesmaids dresses also work well for recycling tuxedos, vests, and ties—and men’s formal wear tends to be much more “scalable” for other formal and semi-formal occasions.
Really, the biggest tip I could offer a green groom is this: don’t assume that you need tuxedos just because it’s a wedding. The only difference between a tuxedo and a tailored suit are the satin lapels and accents, and many men don’t even like them. If you really like the way you look in a tux, go for it; you’re probably the kind of guy who enjoys formal occasions, and will get a lot of mileage out of it.
If the shiny lapels make you and your groomsmen feel silly, go for well-tailored suits instead. Everyone will be more comfortable on the wedding day and you’ll be able to impress at business meetings and parties.
There are some really amazing ties out there made from recycled materials that you would never imagine. Take the Sonic Fabric Neckties, for example. These limited edition ties are made from recycled cassette tapes!
Sonic Fabric Neckties, Ecouterre
Men also have the ability to pull off a used suit. In our increasingly informal society, consignment shops are packed with crisp, elegant vintage suits—and since the color options are much narrower than women’s formal wear, it’s easy to find matching suits for all your groomsmen.
You’ll want to have them tailored, of course—but even then, you and your groomsmen may spend less on your entire wardrobe than you would have spent on just one tailored tux.
Wedding boutonnieres are a rather spendy item, but they do make a very classy accent for your wedding party.
Sustainable Fiddle Head Boutonniere, gorgeousandgreenevents.com
Consider unconventional options like fresh sprigs of lavender or rosemary rather than the typical white rose in a big plastic box; they’re cheaper, they smell nicer, and give your wedding a touch of color and individuality.
Forego traditional cufflinks and look for ones made from recycled metal, repurposed found items or fallen wood.
Make a quirky and creative statement with scrabble tile cufflinks or go industrial with a watch gear steampunk set.
Vintage Map Cufflinks, StudioLaTouche
The vintage map look is another popular theme and is fairly easy to find on hanmade artisan websites like Etsy.
With all these ideas in mind, it's easier than ever to gussy up your groom before your big day!
Samantha Abrams is a freelance writer and a fashion and celebrity blogger over at Style Cynics fashion blog.